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Poster: Simard Date: Sep 20, 2006 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Funny things they said about the Grateful Dead

We all have friends that are not into/familiar with the Dead (right? don't we?). I often get a charge about misconceptions others have... or comments, whatever. Here's an example and hopefully you'll share some: today, driving home from work, windows down, post-Truckin jam blaring, Mom calls on my cell, I pick up, we talk, GD still in the background and she says: "What the hell is that? Are you racing an ice-cream truck!?"

What do the Others hear that we don't?

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 22, 2006 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Funny things they said about the Grateful Dead

There was a female comedian on Lettterman (can't remember who) who described how deadheads danced ect. It was very funny and I think they played that bit in between sets on the radio broadcast of the 1900 NYE show.

Also, the late Linda Ellerbee was at the greek doing a piece for NBC and starts off by asking, "so what's all the fuss about a band of aging hippies who rarely move on stage, forget the lyrics to songs and sometimes aren't even in tune." Cut to weir- "we'll you can't please everybody."

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Poster: B. Stockwell Date: Jun 10, 2009 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Funny things they said about the Grateful Dead

No big deal, but Linda Ellerbee - born in 1944 - was still alive and still in journalism as of January, 2009.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Sep 23, 2006 9:52am
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Actually Linda Ellerbee was a very serious deadhead... At the time of the 1st gulf war she wrote a very moving column about going to a show with her kids and how healing dancing with the good ole Grateful Dead is! I had that column on the fridge for years, always made (makes) me feel better too.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 24, 2006 4:22pm
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That would make sense because she did several interviews and stores on the boys over the years for NBC.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 22, 2006 9:32am
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Of course, my favorite line is the one I later used for Phisheads, Widespread fans, and those of similiar ilk:

What did one Deadhead say to the other Deadhead when the acid wore off?

Gee this music sucks.

Believe it if you need it . . .

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Poster: unclejohnnyd Date: Sep 22, 2006 9:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Funny things they said about the Grateful Dead

Here's a couple in the same vein I;ve heard:

Q; do deadheads bathe
A: Only if it rains at an outdoor show

Q: How do yo keep a Deadhead from stealing your drugs
A: Hide them under your soap

Heard these from Dead hating haters but I still laughed

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Poster: Simard Date: Sep 23, 2006 7:30am
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you can always tell a deadhead - but you can't tell him much.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 23, 2006 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Funny things they said about the Grateful Dead

Years ago some news channel did a short piece on the longevity of the Dead because they had just reached their 20th anniversary. It was mostly complimentary, and they even had some live shots of heads singing along to Tennessee jed...

Then they cut to some talking head clips of music critics explaining why the Dead were still "Truckin'" strong (that kind of writing reminds me of Kent Brockman Simpson's news spots every time), and then they said "Of course, not ALL critics think the Grateful Dead deserve their following...Music critic Dave Marsh (I think that was his name) says the only reason the band is popular is because of the drugs taken by fans at the shows..."

cut to a 3 second clip of a prissy looking Marsh saying "What other reason could there possibly be?"

You gotta have thick skin to be a Deadhead in a pop-music bubble gum world :-)

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Poster: unclejohnnyd Date: Sep 23, 2006 3:53pm
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Dave Marsh is a peice of shit as far as I'm concerned. He drools over all mainstream giants like the Beatles, Stones,Springsteen, Beach Boys even, but has allways had nothing but contempt for the Dead. I mean the guy has Europe 72 listed as one of the WORST albums of all time? WTF? Whether you like them or not if you list their musicianship on that album as being one of the WORST of all time then you need to be hit upside the head with a 2x4.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 23, 2006 4:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Funny things they said about the Grateful Dead

Don't know what you think of Henry Rollins, but here is his comment on critics from a Rolling Stone interview, given around the time of the release of Rollins' album "Get Some Go Again". It's pure Rollins:

"At 38, I don't really have a whole lot of angst. A lot of the things that used to piss me off then still do now: racism, homophobia. But some critic taking a swing at me? I know enough now to not get angry. I know that in the real world I could come across the table and that guy couldn't handle me. I also know that I out-gross him, his woman would come with me and that without people like me he doesn't have a job. If I stopped doing what I do, there'd be thousands of letters asking why. If the writer quit his job, no one would notice. I'm putting food on his table. He's not putting food on mine. I realize that in the relationship I am the god. I know in a harsher plane, I'd be king of the jungle and I'd be eating soup from a bowl made of his cranium. Can you dig it? Knowing all that allows me to take a lot of things in stride."

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 24, 2006 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Funny things they said about the Grateful Dead

I think Rollins' comments make perfect sense, and by the way, have you ever heard his rendition of FRANKLIN'S TOWER?

I kid you not. It is virtually unrecognizable from the Dead version (no surprise there) but the lyrics are all there, and it is amazing to hear his punk-thrash take on a standard Dead classic.

Rollins admired and respected the Dead even though their music was miles from his own.

I used to have that Franklin's version on a CD that was rleased as an e.p. of B-sides and outtakes from Rollins, but lost it long ago. Totally worth seeking out if you don't have it.

Thanks for his words putting guys like Marsh in his place!

GC

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Poster: cush11 Date: Sep 23, 2006 5:08pm
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I hope that soupbowl wasn't made from one the heads that Pigpen ripped off and took a shit in!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 23, 2006 7:23pm
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Not sure of your Pigpen reference, then again i am not particulary up on the historical minutia of the GD members personal lives, more the band itself and the movement it was a part of. However, Rollins was merely stating how in his earlier career critics would get him angry but how his thinking and attitude eventually changed when he viewed the relationship between artist and critic under a different, more perceptive, lens. Thus his imagistic, if blunt, analogy. Cheers.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Sep 23, 2006 8:47pm
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I thought Rollins' statement was great. The cranium soupbowl just reminded me of Pig's fondness for that expression ie: If you don't get these microphones working most of the time I'm gonna rip your head off and...

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 23, 2006 9:24pm
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... understanding sets in. Gracias.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Sep 23, 2006 9:34pm
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Or as I like to say, Very Garcias!

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Poster: dilcurrie Date: Jun 10, 2009 3:08pm
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my wife just says "i'd be grateful if they were dead"

and funnily she isnt yet...

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Poster: sparky999255 Date: Sep 21, 2006 6:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Funny things they said about the Grateful Dead

When I was in high school, I had one friend that listened to the dead. This was 81-85 and our other friends would always complain about us listening to the dead. They preferred Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy and the like. My buddy Doug and I would go to shows and try to convince these guys to go, but their only response was, "I'll be grateful when they're dead." Finally, in 1992 I was living with one of these friends (Doug's brother Matt) in Arizona and he had started to appreciate the boys as well as a bunch of other music I tried to expose him to. I was doing a spring run and convinced him to go to Vegas with the idea that if he didn't enjoy the show he could still enjoy Vegas. I bought his first ticket and after the first show he was hooked. After that he and I attended 15 - 20 shows together and still go see Phil or Ratdog to this day.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Sep 20, 2006 7:20pm
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My girlfriend hates the Dead! Oh yea, she sings to ripple and sugar magnolia, but put on a 20 minute version of Thats it for the Other One and I'm sleeping in the garage, not even on the couch.

Oh she loves Phish, which drives me crazy. And most of my friends here in Phoenix think Jerry Garcia is an ice cream flavor, or makes cool neck ties!!!

I must rock on in quiet and serene solitude.

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Poster: sparky999255 Date: Sep 21, 2006 5:53am
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I think it was 1992 when I told my Mom & Stepdad that I was flying to Vegas to go see the Grateful Dead, my Stepdad(I had just met him 3 months earlier) said, "I don't know how you listen to that head-banging shit." About 6 months later I was riding in his truck somewhere and uncle john's band came on the radio...he turned it up and was digging it. I let the song finish and said, "You know that was the Dead right." He insisted it wasn't, but later admitted he hadn't heard the dead when he made the previous comment. He had just assumed what kind of music it was.

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Sep 21, 2006 12:56pm
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1967. My dad was quoting from a Wall Street Journal article on the new wave of San Francisco hippie bands including. Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and the Grateful Dead.

In his wry, "I voted for Nixon in 1960" voice, he called them the "Ungrateful Living." I went out and bought their first L.P. the next day. Thanks, Dad.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 20, 2006 6:59pm
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Man, that is funny! And it reminds me of the perception that i had back in grade school (early-to-mid-70's) about the Dead, before i first heard their music of course. Believe it or not, i thought they were some devil worshiping band. Now, is that effin' crazy or what?

Oh wait, i might be thinking of the Sex Pistols.

Shit, my brain sucks.

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2006-09-21 01:59:39

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Jun 10, 2009 3:29pm
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funny you should say that arb. when i was in the army this chick i met which she was in the service also.we started talkin bout music and i told her i like the grateful dead . she looked at me real serious and said you listen to that devil worshiping music. i laughed and said a friend of the devil is a friend of mine!!~ lol one day way back when i was playing acoustic dead washing my car in my parents driveway and my dad came out and said to me> since when did you start listening to country! i laughed again lol!